Author Archives: Liz Button

About Liz Button

Liz Button is a staff reporter for Hometown Media Group’s The Rye Sound Shore Review. Previously, she covered Bedford and Mount Kisco for The Daily Voice, an Internet-based, hyperlocal publication. She’s also written for Patch in her hometown of Trumbull, Conn., as a freelance reporter and fill-in editor. Preceding her time there, she worked in publishing in New York City. She is a 2008 graduate of Bowdoin College with a degree in English. Reach Liz at 914-653-1000 x20 or liz@hometwn.com; follow her on Twitter @ryesoundshore.

Rye cop arrested after Lake Isle brawl

By LIZ BUTTON Rye City police officer and PBA president Franco Compagnone was charged with second-degree physical harassment in connection with an alleged Oct. 20 dust-up with Rye resident Jim Amico at an Eastchester car show. The officer has since been suspended and awaits the outcome of two investigations. The men, who have been involved […]

Former Rye Golf Club manager arrested

By LIZ BUTTON After turning himself in to the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, former Rye Golf Club manager Scott Yandrasevich was arraigned on charges of second-degree grand larceny at Rye City Court Nov. 19, capping off more than a year since revelations of an extensive financial scandal at the city-run club shocked the community. […]

Rye PBA president charged with harassment

By LIZ BUTTON Rye City police officer and PBA president Franco Compagnone was charged with second-degree physical harassment in connection with an alleged Oct. 20 dust-up with resident Jim Amico at an Eastchester car show. The officer has since been suspended and awaits the outcome of two investigations. The men, who have been involved in […]

Suspended teachers confined to “rubber room”

By LIZ BUTTON In a dusty, book-crammed 10-by-9-foot room at the Rye School of Leadership, the four suspended teachers from Osborn and Milton schools have received full-time pay for the last three weeks to put grade-level stickers on textbooks. For the past six months, the Rye City School District has been in stasis when it […]

Westchester family collects for the Philippines

By LIZ BUTTON A brother and sister from Rye’s Osborn School organized a charity drive to collect Pennies for the Philippines after a destructive typhoon hit the country earlier this month. Ava Flosse, 9, and her seven-year-old brother Christian helped collect $414 from their schoolmates to support the typhoon relief efforts of the American Red […]

City budget proposes $2M for capital projects

By LIZ BUTTON The proposed 2014 Rye City operating budget comes in at $50.3 million, which carries a 2.52 percent property tax rate increase if passed. Rye’s acting city comptroller, Joe Fazzino, presented City Manager Scott Pickup’s recommended budget at the Nov. 6 City Council meeting. The budget shows continued improvement in fund balance after […]

Sack: Wait on police commissioner search

By LIZ BUTTON Now that election season is over, one of the major issues of the 2013 race in Rye still awaits a conclusion: whether the search for a new police commissioner should get underway before the new administration takes office. At its Nov. 6 meeting, the City Council considered authorizing City Manager Scott Pickup […]

Rye remembers its heroes on Veterans Day

By LIZ BUTTON Rye’s American Legion Post 128 presented a solemn and moving ceremony at the city’s Village Green to commemorate Veterans Day, the federal holiday that honors all U.S. soldiers for their service to their country. Monday’s day of remembrance was conceived in 1918 at the end of World War I, when the armistice […]

City may allow tax breaks for historic buildings

By LIZ BUTTON The city’s Landmarks Committee has taken a substantive step toward changing the city code to provide a tax incentive for owners of historic properties to renovate and restore their buildings instead of tearing them down and rebuilding. The committee, which interfaces with the City Council to recommend the designation and preservation of […]

Sack trounces Jovanovich

By LIZ BUTTON After a campaign fraught with personal animus and assignments of blame for the city’s recent scandals, City Councilman Joe Sack soundly defeated Deputy Mayor Peter Jovanovich to become Rye City’s next mayor. The mood among the nearly 75 people gathered at Ruby’s Oyster Bar on Purchase Street Tuesday night was raucous and […]